Special Report

Toxic Products Sold at Dollar Stores

Source: Courtesy of Amazon

1. Disney Frozen II Hair Set Assembly
> Retailer: Five Below
> Brand/distributor: Townley
> Chemicals of concern: PVC components (>50% chlorine), ortho-phthalate plasticizer

A “Frozen”-themed hair set from Five Below was found to contain toxic PVC components (which contains dangerous chemical additives the can cause cancer, immune system damage, and hormone disruption) and ortho-phthalate plasticizer, a chemical that makes plastics flexible and have been linked to asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, breast cancer, obesity and type II diabetes, low IQ, neurodevelopmental issues, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development and male fertility issues.

Source: Courtesy of Five Below

2. Squishy Unicorn Headphones
> Retailer: Five Below
> Brand/distributor: Traxx, 1616 Holdings,Inc.
> Chemicals of concern: Ortho-phthalate plasticizer

Think twice before buying those Squishy Unicorn Headphones at Five Below; they also contain ortho-phthalate plasticizer.

Source: Courtesy of Five Below

3. Disney Princess Kidsafe Wireless Headphones, Ages 6+
> Retailer: Five Below
> Brand/distributor: Disney, 1616 Holdings, Inc.
> Chemicals of concern: TDCIPP (chlorinated tris) flame retardant in earphone foam, 65.6% (656,000 ppm) lead in solder

Many children’s headphones these days are “kid safe,” meaning that the volume can’t be made loud enough to potentially damage their hearing. Unfortunately, they still may contain toxic chemicals. These were found to contain TDCIPP (a probable carcinogen) in the earphone foam as well as lead (which can cause anemia, weakness, and kidney and brain damage with high exposure) in the solder.

Source: Courtesy of Amazon

4. Minnie Mouse Headphones
> Retailer: Five Below
> Brand/distributor: Disney, 1616 Holdings, Inc.
> Chemicals of concern: PVC components (>50% chlorine), ortho-phthalate plasticizer, TCPP flame retardant, 56% (560,623 ppm) lead in solder

These Minnie Mouse headphones from Five Below were also found to contain PVC components, ortho-phthalate plasticizer, and lead, as well as TCPP flame retardant, which increases cell toxicity and affects fetal development.

Source: Courtesy of Walmart

5. Marvel Avengers Kid Safe Headphones
> Retailer: Five Below
> Brand/distributor: 1616 Holdings, Inc
> Chemicals of concern: PVC components (>50% chlorine), trichlorophenyl phosphate (TCPP) flame retardant, 38% (381,869 ppm) lead in solder

These kid safe headphones, an “Avengers” tie-in, also contain PVC components, TCPP flame retardant, and lead in the solder.

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